Annalyn’s Corner: Not Just a Freak! Aoyama-kun and Assumptions

Welcome back to my corner, folks! First, let me apologize for just disappearing. I even stopped replying to comments, something I feel a bit bad about. But I needed a break more than I realized. In addition to aniblogging, I kind of abandoned anime itself—not completely, but mostly. Including the sports anime DAYS and All Out!!. They'd… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Not Just a Freak! Aoyama-kun and Assumptions

Annalyn’s Corner: DAYS and the Need for… Selfishness?

Most sports anime put a lot of emphasis on teamwork. One of my favorites is Kuroko's Basketball, and I've written about how Kuroko's humble gameplay reminds me of the humble way Jesus calls us to live. But DAYS takes a different approach, as Tsukamoto's soccer mentors encourage him to stop thinking so much about the team and… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: DAYS and the Need for… Selfishness?

Annalyn’s Corner: Mob Psycho 100 and Being Beat up for Love

It might be silly of me to write a serious post about Mob Psycho 100. After all, nothing about this show is meant to be taken seriously, right? The main character, Mob, is overpowered, but he can't even tell that his master is a fraud. His master, Reigen, has most of the wise, moral-of-the-story lines, easily identified… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Mob Psycho 100 and Being Beat up for Love

Between the Panels: #TeamJean – Choosing Mercy

Disclaimer: COLOSSAL SPOILERS BELOW! (See what I did there?) If you have only watched the Attack on Titan anime and are not caught up to the current manga, please turn away now and save yourself some suffering. Given the events of Attack on Titan chapter 83, I’m surprised some Etsy opportunist hasn’t already capitalized on… Continue reading Between the Panels: #TeamJean – Choosing Mercy

Nana Mizuki and the Burden of Social Stigma

For those who still don't realize, I will reiterate as much as necessary that I am a huge Nana Mizuki fan. I love, adore, and respect this woman more than anyone else (except Jesus, of course... whew, that was a dangerous line). So much so, that people have pointed out more than once that my… Continue reading Nana Mizuki and the Burden of Social Stigma

Between the Panels: Salvation According to Trigun

At first glance, the uncanny merging of Christianity with Trigun’s western/sci-fi antics seems as unlikely as Vash and Wolfwood’s apprehensive friendship. But the implausible combination ultimately works as irony—one that reflects the protagonist Vash’s many apparent contradictions: pacifist/gun-slinger, wanted criminal/savior, demon/angel. Try justifying those personas within a single person, and you have the enigma that… Continue reading Between the Panels: Salvation According to Trigun

One Punch Man: Why We Shouldn’t Rank Others

ONE PUNCH!!!!! Saitama knocks out every threat, no matter how big or small. He is the strongest hero, and I personally think Goku, Superman and the Hulk couldn't touch him (leave your replies below, I am ready...). He doesn't even try to fight, and he himself knows it, which makes it boring not to find a… Continue reading One Punch Man: Why We Shouldn’t Rank Others

Annalyn’s Corner: Valuing Strength that Lasts

I love how sports anime portray different strengths and weaknesses. In Haikyuu!!, for example, Hinata Shouyou enters high school volleyball majorly lacking in two areas: height and experience. People consistently underestimate him because of this, and no one would blame Hinata if he gave up—at the very least, they'd expect him to envy his taller peers. Instead,… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Valuing Strength that Lasts

Examining Old School Anime: Humility in Approaching Scripture

I am going to briefly describe episode fourteen of Galaxy Express 999 and wonder whether any of our dear readers can guess which biblical tale it parallels after the second paragraph.  *Spoilers ahead for episode 14.*  Tetsuro and Maetel stop at a planetary system known as the Dual Planets, because the gravitational pull of one… Continue reading Examining Old School Anime: Humility in Approaching Scripture

Between the Panels: The Power in Link’s Silence

In a bout of nostalgia, I re-opened the manga adaptation of my favorite video game of all time, half expecting to hear the anticipative “hidden item” fanfare as I did so. As a child, I specifically remember the hero of Ocarina of Time capturing my interest. Link was both admirable and player-impressionable, which allowed me… Continue reading Between the Panels: The Power in Link’s Silence